Though anyone can learn to paint on their own, the best and fastest way to learn and avoid frustration is to find someone who can teach you the tricks and techniques. You'll speed your learning process and make bigger strides fast. Most instructors offer workshops, which are a one week course with other students. Some offer private lessons and group lessons you can take daily or weekly.

Use our directory to find an artist in your area. If you don't find one, search 'artist', 'plein air', and your town or area and contact them to see if they teach, or know someone who does. You may also find a plein air club in your area offering classes, and its members may invite you to paint with them.


Santa Rosa

Marsha Connell

After many years in the studio as Adjunct Professor of Art at Santa Rosa Junior College, I’m now more available throughout the year for the pleasures of exploring and painting outside, and teaching plein air workshops. My goals as a teacher are to offer people tools and working processes that give them comfort and confidence to explore and create with joy.

Painting in the outdoors since 2003, as many days of the week as I can, hit 10,000 hours, I believe, and some days that makes for easier simplifications, setup, and flow. I have a very flexible schedule, so if you are in Sonoma County, or adjoining Napa or Marin counties, and want a painting buddy or demo or tips on being fearless, gear, etc., please contact me.


Ferreo ArtWorks

Please contact me via e-mail or facebook for a pleasant day or more of Outside Painting in the coastal or mountain regions of LA, CA. We will have the fun of painting and adventure mixed with the great Out Doors and its spectacular inspirational beauty.


Marian Fortunati

I love to paint outdoors. If you live in my area, please let me know if you’d like a “painting buddy”.

Thousand Oaks

Christopher L Cook

My artistic purpose is to support individuals in awakening their powerful essence and oneness with nature’s beauty. This is to be revealed in each painting as I capture a journey of feelings, places and visions. I consider our mind-body-spirit to be an extension of nature’s creative energy and my goal is to connect with this energy, to produce paintings which illuminate my flowering imagination, nourished by nature’s splendor and timeless elegance.



Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt is a 2016 and 2017 faculty member of the Plein Air Convention. The award-winning painter resides in Colorado, where she continues to be awed and inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her. Hunt teaches both plein air and studio painting and offers in-person and online mentoring.


Amy Evans Art

Private and group instruction in plein air painting.

Colorado Springs

Julie Kirkland

While I\’m primarily known as a studio artist, painting outdoors is my passion and is taking up more and more of my time these days and I’m always looking for an excuse to head out. Available to instruct one on one (or for just a few students in order to keep everyone within the sound of my voice). Experienced instructor at the Colorado Springs Fine Art School of Art, and very fond of beginners.


Lyn Boyer

Paint the San Juans! I teach a limited number of individual and small group workshops in beautiful Durango, Colorado, each year. Check with the studio for available dates for you or your group. I’m passionate about helping painters advance to the next step, improve their craft and meet individual goals. I consider Southern Colorado to be a true painter’s paradise. My roots originate in the traditions of representational art preserved and carried forward during the Golden Age of Illustration. This gave me a great appreciation for how discipline, craftsmanship and problem solving brought to our love of plein air painting can carry us all forward. The first sentence in most of my classes is, “We need to learn to slow down to speed up.”


Marie Johannes

I live in Colorado high country, Grand County, 75 miles NW of Denver. I’ve been painting Plein Air for about 10 years and love to share the knowledge I’ve gained with others by teaching. I have taught both at our local history museum, Cozens Ranch Museum and privately.